Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

4.6
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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Watching over the capital from its hilltop vantage point, Swayambhunath Temple stands proudly as one of the nation's most popular tourist and religious sites. Featuring a white dome topped with an iconic golden spire, the World Heritage-listed temple likely dates back to before the 5th century, when it was already a vital pilgrimage destination. The structure endured the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, its prayer flags continuing to flutter in the breeze. Step inside to see a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, or try spinning the prayer wheels yourself. Make Swayambhunath Temple a part of your Kathmandu vacation plans using our Kathmandu day trip app.
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  • Also known as 'Monkey Temple'. The steep climb up - rewards with excellent views of Kathmandu city as well as the temple complex. A wide angle camera lens is recommended.  more »
  • I visited 2 times , Very lucky to have darshan , it's in katmandu nepal Hearth of the city, every one should see once in lifetime  more »
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